Inside ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Boss Aline Brosh McKenna’s Office

'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': Inside Aline Brosh McKenna's
Jessica Chou for Variety

Tucked away in an unsuspecting neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley are the offices and stages of the CW series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” The freshman musical-comedy was co-created by star Rachel Bloom, who plays Rebecca, and Aline Brosh McKenna, who oversees the writing staff. Things will gear back up in a few weeks for season two, after the finale left several of the show’s central relationships in flux. McKenna’s comfortable office includes a basket full of jackets in case it gets cold, ceramics made by her 16-year-old son, and a pillow with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s face on it.

PORTRAIT SESSION

One wall of her office is covered in vintage portraits of women she’s collected over the years, mostly from flea markets. “My husband is not fond of them,” she admits. “He finds them sad and creepy. But I love them. So I’m very excited I have a place to put them.”

CALLING THE SHOTS

She made her directorial debut with the “Crazy Ex” season finale, and kept the clapper from the episode. One of her favorite moments is when Rebecca and friend Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin) are reunited and shower each other with compliments. “All the stuff they say when they come together was completely improvised,” she says. “I told them to just start talking. If I had not said cut, they’d still be there doing it.”

TIMING IS KEY

“Crazy Ex” is set in the L.A. suburb of West Covina (“Two hours from the beach!”), and residents couldn’t be more thrilled — so much so that the outgoing mayor gave the show the key to the city. “We love West Covina, we have a great relationship with them,” says McKenna. “We shoot on location as much as we can.”

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  1. Mike says:

    Having stumbled upon a few A. B. McKenna podcast interviews recently it came as a surprise to discover Aline is *the funny one* of the now-famous duo! I don’t know why I’d be so surprised to find a successful comedy script writer is also a great wit. Perhaps because R. Bloom has been so much the public face of the team for the past year. But McKenna is herself genuinely hillarious.

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